The World’s Big Sleep Out Los Angeles

On a rainy night at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, caring citizens and organizations alike gathered for the “World’s Big Sleep Out” in an effort to raise funds and awareness to Los Angeles and the world’s homelessness crisis. Presented by “Charity On Top”, the event also took place in 50 locations around the world. The event promotes the fight against homelessness by inviting participants to sleep outdoors for the night to express their solidarity with those experiencing having nowhere indoors to rest their heads. 

Live musical performances, food and informational booths set up by local advocates offered resources and contact information for those in need and for those wishing to contribute and raise awareness to those affected.

                       

Opportunities to donate immediately were available throughout the night via text and phone as contact numbers were viewed on big screens around the stage.

”Charity On Top” is an innovative ecosystem for individuals and companies who wish to infuse charitable giving with their lives and work and supports charities worldwide as well as local charities and initiatives, including Downtown Womens Center, Youth Emerging Stronger, West Coast Care, New Directions for Veterans, Los Angeles Mission, Union Rescue Mission, The People Concern, San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission and Everybody In powered by United Way of Greater Los Angeles. All of these organizations can be found by typing in all lower case with no spaces, followed by .org (example) westcoastcare.org

MC for the night was Sean Kingston with musical performances by Rip Tide Blues Band, Meghan Trainor, Randy Jackson All Star Band (featuring) Orianthi), Ellie Goulding, Ziggy Marley and the evening’s festivities ended with a bedtime story from Seth Green to calm the participants who were committed to and passionate enough to brave the chilly, rainy night outdoors in only sleeping bags.

Marie Westwood Magazine Party

Marie Westwood Magazine, powered by the Ivan Bitton Style House celebrated the 2019 Winter Edition at the historic Cedars Estate on Monday, December 2.

 

The “Great Gatsby” themed and invite only party started at the door with champagne offered to all arrivals upon entrance. Lavish, early twentieth century inspired attire was donned by guests, models and celebrities depicting the era.

A live performance by Laura Pieri and a fashion showcase featuring Ivan Bitton Style House designers highlighted the festivities as guests partied and danced the night away to the DJ’s rhythm inspired selections. Unveiled were the “Special K” lingerie collection by Madame Methven,  designs by Sue Wong and “Exotics” by Cedrick.

 

The Cedars Estate, currently owned by designer Sue Wong has a  long history in Los Angeles and has hosted such great visitors and residents such as Bela Lugosi, Howard Hughes, Jimi Hendrix, Lou Reed, Bob Dylan and Johnny Depp. It is here that Jimi Hendrix allegedly wrote “Purple Haze” and the estate has been featured in several movies including “Sunset Boulevard” and “Easy Rider”.

Special guest Mario Lopez and guests pleased their palate on hors d’oeuvres and champagne while a full bar offered other more adventurous guests a variety of cocktails, mock tails and more. The nearly 8500 square foot home was crowded with partygoers throughout the night and although there are rumors that the estate is haunted, there was nothing scary about the festive interest of fashion, design and a classic Hollywood celebration.

Captured Officially Drops New Year’s Day!

Green Apple Entertainment officially drops Captured on January 1, 2020 and stars Kirsten Prout (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Elektra) Brittany Curran (Dear White People, 13 Going on 30) and Hollywood’s top bad guy, Jasper Cole (Westworld, American Horror Story).This film is about a weekend getaway to shoot a music video turns into a nightmare for a rock’n roll band when they become the crazed obsession of an escaped convict that is purposely targeting the female lead of the band. Guitars and axes will clash as the prisoner becomes obsessed with their music. He wants to silence it forever! As the band departs home in an old decrepit van, packed in with all their instruments and dreams, friendships and lives are about to be savaged by an unsuspected betrayal. There are some people you don’t want to piss off during childhood, they might come back. But with a lot more baggage.

In the first still, the villain hides behind a mask. And below, actor Cole can be seen as Shelly. Shelly is a local handyman who might know a thing or two of the ex-con’s past.

Villain in Captured
Jasper Cole

Julian Curtis (Adams Ruins Everything, Wish Man), Jake White (Children of the Corn, Blood Craft), Mike Randy (Surrogates, The Gentleman) and Christian Monzon (Shameless, Honey) round out the cast. This film was directed by first time Argentinian director Joe Arias. Green Apple Entertainment is the film’s distributor.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kP04V6FTqzE

IMDB page: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2400305/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_3

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Shoot From the Hip Action Comedy Series Is in Pre-Production

The much anticipated Shoot From the Hip action comedy series is in pre-production starring rising star Jimmy Drain (The Initiation), Lauren Mayhew (Dexter), Carl Ciarfalio (Casino), Monique Candelaria (Breaking Bad) and legendary action star Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death). This series is produced by Thunderknight Entertainment.

rising star Jimmy Drain

Rookie police officer Marvin Smith (Drain) must learn the ropes of the gritty, big city underground from his new partner  Detective “Juice” Jones (Daniel Sharner) and take down cartel mob boss Mug Luster and his boss, the formidable Mr. Felix (Novak). In their crusade however, they find many other challenges on their horizon, especially the emergence of Smith’s alter ego, the mysterious vigilante called “The Phantom”!

Shoot from the Hip Lobby Card
legendary action star Mel Novak

IMDB page: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11272882/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

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“Eastsiders” Premiere

Cast members and producers of the Netflix series “Eastsiders” gathered at the Downtown Independent to premiere the fourth and final season on December 1, 2019.

Kit William’s Emmy nominated and LGBTQ series has been nominated for eight Daytime Emmy Awards and only reinforces the desire for more diversity in the world of entertainment.

“Eastsiders” won Best Ensemble at Indie Series Awards as well as 10 other Indie Series Awards in 2016.

American Music Awards pre party and gifting suite

The Kimpton La Peer Hotel in West Hollywood was the location for an American Music Awards pre party on November23, 2019. Hosted by GBK Productions, appetizers and fine wine was served as celebrities from many genres were gifted high end products from vendors with an eye on Hollywood.

A full DJ set was performed by Jes Danz and dancing was not only allowed, (This was not Footloose) but encouraged. The after party spilled into the bar and pool area as the evening grew late with several live acts performing for the enthusiastic crowd.

Stars from Ozark, Days of Our Lives, American Idol, Good Girls, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, The Office, Grey’s Anatomy, Shameless,  Entourage, Stumptown, Arrested Development, Famously Single and others attended and partied the night away with great eats in their belly, love in their hearts and a cache of gifted goodies.

All photos by Bennartz

Lumiere International Fashion Event Los Angeles 2019

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Hollywood, Ca — NOV 16TH, 2019 — An amazing gathering of international fashion experts occured in Hollywood this past Saturday. The Lumiere International Fashion event was held at the Industry Loft in Hollywood. Designers, performers and charity all merged for a one night exclusive fashion event. The red carpet was full of photographers hoping to get a shot of the latest fashion world attendees.

Aidas Reklys ~ World Class Skater and Entrepreneur. All photos by Dustin Brown
Savannah Kennick ~ Actress/Arrested Development
Anya Chen ~ Model
Event co-Producers Fionna Wong (L) with Laurent Meler (R)

This happening event was produced by Meler Productions. Laurent Meler and Fionna Wong are co-founders of Meler Productions. They created a fashion event where individuals in the fashion world could connect. Fionna is passionate about fashion and Laurent has a background in international business relations. They worked all night to create an exciting and very hip fashion event of up and comers.
The event was hosted by Julien Tshikuna. Julien is a citizen of the world who does stand up comedy in the Los Angeles area. Julien kept the runway show going with jokes about his time in Belgium and the Congo.
The charity partner for the event was Beauty for Freedom (BFF). This non-profit is dedicated to empowering survivors of human trafficking and at-risk youth by providing unique and supporting recovery that emphasizes creativity and skills training Creativity has been proven to help survivors rebuild their lives and puts them on the road to independence. BFF has helped over 3000 survivors of human trafficking since 2014. They are known all over the world for their artists, art, photography, music and dance. www.beautyforfreedom.org

Marcus the Millionaire
David Christopher Lee ~ Photographer and Director
Lumiere International Fashion Show red carpet
Sasha Kerbel

One of the coolest things that I’ve seen at a fashion event is the use of a live piano player. Cody Gilette played a grand piano and it sounded amazing. Cody is a pianist, a music director, and a composer since he was a boy. Cody is a modern day composer who loves opera. Cody has composed several operas and musicals. Most recently, he completed a musical based on Albert Camus’ “Caligula”.
To kick the runway show off, Saya Fujihara did a modern dance that was really fun to watch. Saya began her dance studies in Kyoto when she was four years old. Her main study is contemporary dance, jazz and ballet. I would call her dance piece a sort of interpretive dance. She seemed to translate the excitement of the evening into dance piece.

Annemarie Bruno
Rachelle Henry ~ Actress
Sanjini ~ Actress and Producer “Eye of the Empress”

There were several designers whose designs graced the runway. Of course, Parris Harris was backstage coordinator.  The show had a stylish vibe. Fashion designer Ximena Valero is a visionary in the fashion world since she was a kid in Mexico. Ximena Valero Corporation is an international brand that produces, distributes and sells women’s designer clothing around the world. The designs that they had on the runway were unique. The crowd really seemed to like the designs.

Tori Kay ~ Singer
On the red carpet at the Lumiere International Fashion Show 2019
Tristan Myers (L) with Marek Myers (R)
Lola Raie ~ Actress
DaSha Olivarez ~ Actress

Jennifer Felts is from Dallas. Her love of Japanese culture can be seen in the logo for her brand. Literally it says – Tokyo Twiggy. This was a nickname she got in high school because she was so skinny and she loved Japanese culture. Jenn is known for making her own fabrics and designs.
K. Lee Marie was in attendance and took her time posing for photos on the red carpet. She was really enjoying the event. Her latest song came out this month called “Let Go”. IG @k.lee.marie.music

Anderson Zane ~ Actor
On the runway

The evening was so much fun. People arrived early and the runway was packed with enthusiastic celebrities who came to see the latest fashions. The after party kicked off after the runway and it was a great chance to met new people.
The Hollywood Press Corps looks forward to the next International fashion event!

Dustin Brown

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A Remembrance Event to Commemorate the One Year Anniversary of the Tragic Borderline Shootings and Woolsey Fires

HEALING ARTS FESTIVAL – AN ASSOCIATED STUDENTS OF  MOORPARK COLLEGE AND ARTISTS FOR TRAUMA COLLABORATION

On Thursday, Nov. 7, there was a remembrance event to commemorate the one year anniversary of the tragic Borderline Restaurant mass shooting and traumatic Woolsey Fire by the Associated Students of Moorpark College (ASMC) in collaboration with Artists for Trauma (AFT).

Event photo

WHO: Numerous VIPs were at this event such as Laura T. Sharpe, founder of Artists for Trauma, former NFL player and motivational speaker Keith Mitchell, Dr. Julius Sokenu, Interim President of Moorpark College, Trauma Medical Director of Ventura County Medical Center and AFT Board of Director Dr. Thomas Duncan and Mary Poitier, mother of one of the victims.

Dr. Julius Sokenu, Laura T. Sharpe, Keith Mitchell, Mary Poitier, Mary Rees, Dr. Thomas Duncan, Dr. Amanuel Gebru, Graal Diaz, PhD, Amy Towner

“Creativity. Connectivity. Community. Our team of community partners; Ventura County Medical Center, Sharpe Interior Systems, Smart Art Box, Moby Arts and Keith Mitchell along with AFT volunteer artists, intern and staff were honored to support the memorable ASMC Healing Arts Festival. The Associated Students of Moorpark College (ASMC) exemplified inspiring leadership,” said Laura T. Sharpe, Board President and CEO, Artists for Trauma.

Mural by artist Pablo Damas

“We wanted to show students that their community is here for them,” said Poon Yuwawanit, Director of Academic Affairs of the ASMC. “By coming together and creating artwork, students embraced the healing power of art and honored those we lost a year ago. We are grateful to Artists for Trauma and all of our speakers for helping make this event possible,” she added.

Vida Ghaffari and former NFL player and motivational Keith Mitchell in their tree poses
My smart art box kits were passed out to student attendees.
AFT Volunteer Artist, musician Kendra Muecke

More info about the Associated Students of Moorpark College:

https://www.moorparkcollege.edu/departments/student-services/student-activities/associated-students

More about Moorpark College:

https://www.moorparkcollege.edu

More about AFT:

https://artistsfortrauma.org

Event Hashtags: #moorparkcollege #ASMC #healingartsfestival #Artistsfortrauma #AFT #whererecoveryisanart #woolseyfire #venturastrong #805strong #TOstrong #Borderlinestrong

​Photo courtesy of Bob Delgadillo

 

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A Remembrance Event in Honor of the One Year Anniversary of the Tragic Borderline Shootings and Woolsey Fires

On Thursday, November 7th, there will be a remembrance event in honor of of the year anniversary of the tragic borderline shootings and Woolsey fires by Moorpark College in collaboration with Artists For Trauma (AFT).

Numerous VIPs expected at this event such as Laura T. Sharpe, the founder of Artists for Trauma, former NFL played Keith Mitchell and others.

AFT logo
NFL player Keith Mitchell

 

AFT Founder and CEO, Laura T. Sharpe

The event is at the Moorpark College quad at 7075 Campus Rd, Moorpark, CA 93021

“Artists For Trauma joins ASMC in celebrating our communities’ perseverance to the tragic 2018 Borderline mass shooting and subsequent Woolsey Fire.  Our shared goal is to provide the campus community, comfort, camaraderie and fun at the collaborative Healing Arts Festival,” said Sharpe.
  Hashtags for the event are #creativityconnectivitycommunity”

RSVP: Media please email williamsonmgmt@gmail.com to cover this event.

More info about Moorpark College: https://www.moorparkcollege.edu/

More info about AFT: http://www.artistsfortrauma.org/

 

 

 

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Rising Star Nadia Sahari Shines On and Off the Screen

“It is by choice and not by chances that we change our circumstances.” Inspirational rising star Nadia Sahari believes this with all her heart. She is living it and you can too! Never give up!

Nadia was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and raised in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. Her life revolved around music, dance, and the arts. From the age of ten, she dreamed of being an actress and singer. Her creativity and music became an escape from the horrors of the world that sometimes befell her. She used all this to become a successful entrepreneur, creating and owning several businesses, writing books, hosting her radio show, and living her dream of being an actress. She appeared in movies, TV episodes, and Talk Shows and a lot of press and Red Carpets.
The Nadia Sahari Show

Today, she’s is a world-renowned author. Her memoir “Breakaway: The Road To Freedom” hit the top 100 on Amazon and is now in its second printing. She has it adapted to a screenplay to have it filmed for the big screen. “The Bully Cat” was written by Ms. Sahari for children against bullying and not keeping silent. Her Kindle book “Be Your Own Boss” written to help those who want to start their own business of any kind, anywhere.

Rising Star Nadia Sahari

Nadia Sahari was a guest on many talk shows, including Oprah’s TV show as a guest panelist, three times. She loves her radio show, and her guests love being interviewed by her and have given her 5-STAR ratings and reviews. The Nadia Sahari Show created and produced by Nadia has been playing all over the world since 2010. Her guests are celebrities, actors, authors, entrepreneurs, etc. She invites guests to share their stories of success to help all the dreamers like herself, learn, get inspired, and get encouragement to keep going for the dream and not to give up. “It is by choice and not by chances that we change our circumstances.”

Nadia on the red carpet at the Art Hearts Fashion show

She has millions of downloads and plays! Now available on VIDEO!

More about Nadia here:

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